893.50 Recovery/6–748: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Stuart)

875. Suggested revision draft rural reconstruction agreement Embtel 1022 Jun 7 para (2) Art III seems unnecessary and undesirable. Para (1) Art V has now been changed to read as follows: “The Govt of China agrees to consider the US members and personnel of the Commission as a part of the Embassy of the United States of America in China for the purpose of enjoying the privileges and immunities accorded to the Embassy of the United States of America and its personnel in China”. This change being made to conform with recent revision master general aid agreement and you will be informed of similar change in general China bilateral in separate telegram.90

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Since US members and personnel Joint Commission would thus have same status Emb personnel re immunities and privileges, there appears to be no valid reason for suggested revision to provide expeditious customs clearance their effects. If such revision necessary in rural reconstruction agreement, same provision would also be required general China bilateral.

Emb suggested revision first part Art. IV, including para (1), approved. (Sent Nanking as 875, repeated Shanghai as 1069.)

It is contemplated Dept will effect registration with UN Secretariat rural reconstruction agreement whether in form exchange notes or bilateral agreement. This would make unnecessary registration by ChiGovt and thus relieve it of its obligations re registration under UN Charter. If Chinese inquire re this point, you may inform them along foregoing lines.

Embtel 1052 Jun 10 being made subject separate telegram.91

  1. Telegram No. 873, June 11, 7 p.m., p. 548; telegram No. 875 was drafted on June 11.
  2. Infra.